OK, the main questions I’m working on now. Hoping some of the many people far smarter than I am around HT construction will be able to chime in.
First up, center channel speaker location. Since the window stays, I can’t go AT and put it behind the screen . Sitting on the floor below would be fine for front row, but crap for anything else. That leaves above. But if you look at the sketch and window pic, not a ton of room up there, and I can only find one stud above the window. I’m thinking I’ll either have to suspend a shelf from the ceiling, or figure out a way to incorporate it into the soffit. Any ideas would be most appreciated.
Second, equipment rack location. On the back wall to be sure, but what I’m debating on is trying an in-wall style mount to the right of the door. There’s a large closet in my office on the other side of that wall, so I could probably make that work. I’d just need to figure out a way to get the cables back into the room to run (f/r/c/sub/surrounds will go low around baseboard, and current plan for Atmos is to mount them in the soffit, so those wires are easy enough to run. The other issue with in-wall rack is that’s back on the bigger construction side of things, and a bit tougher to take out. I’d really appreciate any input on 1) a good way to send the cables back to the baseboard with minimal teardown and 2) any input on overall level of effort to undo it if I put the rack in there. Barring that, I’m thinking of a small stereo style rack in the corner.
Third, the soffit itself. I believe thanks to Jeff (BigMouth in DC) and a couple others, I’ve got most of that worked out. Mostly trying to decide if I want to make some of the side sections fabric covered with some insulation in there or just make it a solid side wall. Also trying to decide how to trim the light tray.
Finally, the front of the room, which plays into both the center speaker and the soffit design. The screen housing will be on a bracket hanging about 2 inches above the top of the window. Below that (and closer to the wall) will need to be a curtain rod (preferably automated) so that I can close the curtains when the screen comes down. I’m trying to think of a front soffit that would have to hang a bit lower than the side soffits and act as a type of valance to cover the screen housing and curtain rod. In a perfect world, when I go to “theater mode”, the curtains close and screen drops from behind the valance. I can almost see it in my head, but never quite get it on paper.